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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Zimbabwean Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono Arrested Again

Zimbabwean police has rearrested investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono last Nov. 2 for contempt of court related to a post he made on Twitter critical of the government, according to his lawyer.

Zimbabwean police has rearrested investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono last Nov. 2 for contempt of court allegedly related to a post he made on Twitter critical of the government, according to his lawyer, Gift Mtisi.

According to legal sources, Chin’ono has been arrested for allegedly breaking bail conditions for a post on Twitter that suggests Zimbabwean Chief Justice Luke Malaba had intervened in Chin’ono’s bail.

“The day I was denied bail in July, Chief Justice Malaba was seen leaving the magistrates court in the morning. The judges letter says that he tells magistrates how to rule. The same happened when I was denied bail at the High Court,” Chin’ono tweeted last Oct. 28.

Roselyn Hanzi of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said that Chin’ono is being held at a police station in Harare and that he could face either a fine or up to one year in prison if convicted.

Chin’ono was first arrested last July on charges of publishing investigations exposing corruption in Zimbabwe and for supporting anti-government protests.

Chin’ono was held in a maximum security prison for nearly six weeks. He was released on bail last Sept. 2 and was banned from posting on his Twitter of anything critical of the ruling government until his case was finalized.

Chin’ono opened a new Twitter account where he expresses his criticism towards President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

Police took Chin’ono from his house in Harare over the new charge during the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

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